The 2016 MLS SuperDraft is here, giving teams across the league a chance to upgrade with young talent. Some still criticize the draft, but Orlando City's Cyle Larin, last year's No. 1 pick, made a big splash in his debut campaign with 17 goals. This year's draft isn't on TV, but it can be watched online. Need a quick primer? SB Nation has a full mock.
The clubs played out a thriller Wednesday evening. Liverpool twice took first-half leads, but the score was 2-2 at halftime. Arsenal pulled ahead in the 55th minute, but Wee Joe Allen leveled the score again in the 90th. The result: a 3-3 draw that kept everyone on the edge of their seat. Olivier Giroud scored a brace for Arsenal, and Roberto Firmino did the same for Liverpool, including this fantastic goal:
It looked like Leicester would be held without a goal for the fourth consecutive Premier League game, but center back Robert Huth found a winner in the 83rd minute. The day's results leave Arsenal and Leicester tied atop the league table at 43 points. Arsenal holds the goal differential advantage, 16-13.
Howard might be leaving Everton this summer, but he was good enough to stonewall City. The American made five saves on Wednesday.
It seems the Bundesliga club might throw a wrench in Seattle Sounders' plans to make Morris the highest-paid homegrown player in MLS history.
Neither club will be allowed to register new players in the next two transfer windows, summer 2016 and winter 2017. They were found to have broken the rules relating to the international transfer of under-18 players.
What's happening in The A?
Facing a struggling Charlotte Hornets team Wednesday, the Hawks fell flat on their collective face. Charlotte had lost seven in a row, but it eased to a 107-84 blowout win at home. Paul Millsap was the only Atlanta player to score in double-figures, pouring in 20 points.
The Braves appear to be interested in free agent outfielder Yeonis Cespedes. Cespedes would bring some welcome pop and excitement to the lineup, but he won't be cheap.